My Food File

This is a super quick post just to give you a sample of how I keep track of what I eat. I’ve tried to make this as easy as possible for me to keep track and since my breakfast and snacks basically stay the same, I have a “Commopn Foods” section that saves that data. Any meals I prepare, I normally add all the nutritional info in an extra spread sheet and then divide the macro totals by the number of servings. I eat the same lunch 3-4 times a week, so that gets saved too.

The common food section also has my daily intake and the percentage “goals” for each macro. Every day I want to come close to the percentages and right around the calorie goal.

For each day, I just copy and paste my foods into the daily tracker and watch the totals and percentages. I normally keep my breakfast and snacks together so I can copy and paste that from Monday to Friday.

If you are trying to be pretty strict like I am, this is a helpful way to do it. And once your common foods are entered, it’s pretty easy!

Sample Food File

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My Ideal Day

I took this idea from one of the awesome people over at Nerd Fitness. The idea was to write about your ideal day and then try to figure out why it isn’t happening. I thought that it was such a great idea that I’m stealing it and you should too.

My Ideal Day

  • Wake up around 9am
  • Eat a quick breakfast and get ready for work
  • Work at a job I love for about 6 hours. Eat a filling, energizing lunch
  • Go for a leisure forest hike, maybe 2-3 miles
  • Go home and make dinner
  • Relax reading a book or online posts
  • Go to bed all snuggly and warm

Some days instead of walking in the woods, I may go work out or do karate.

Now, why isn’t the happening?

Well first things first, I do not work at a job that allows you to work 6 hours a day. In fact, even if I was awesome enough to get 8 hours of work done in 6, that wouldn’t happen. I would just have more work piled on. The only reason I want to work 6 hours is because of the sun. I don’t like waking up early, but I like hanging out with the sun. I want to work 6 hours so I can have that time to go do stuff when the sun is out and pretty. Truthfully, I would like also to not have to work in the traditional sense, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Maybe working toward something should be a goal for my next 6 week challenge? Hmmm, we shall see!

The second thing- the actual exercise. I am currently working on building my knee strength up with PT and soon I’d like to get a membership to this rec center with an awesome gym and pool. By the end of the year, I’d like to be able to walk about 5 miles with no problem.

I think I have a to do list to make my ideal day possible:

  • Get a better job or figure out how to work for myself
  • Continue working hard at PT
  • Get that damn Rec membership and use it.

Now, it’s your turn! Post your ideal day and why it isn’t happening. Do it in the comments, your own blog/facebook, or to yourself.

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Looking Forward to 2013

Hello again! Yes, I know I disappeared and there’s no excuse. Life has been hectic, but I am looking forward to 2013. I don’t really want to rehash 2012 since it definitely had some low moments, but there are 2 good things. I have reached 250 pounds and I have finally found a place to give me good physical therapy for my knee. They are working my entire leg, butt, and lower back in order to make it easier for my knee.

Like I said, I would like to move forward and look ahead for 2013. So, I represent to you my 2013 Resolutions/Goals. The last time I did this, I met my husband in March and my goals went out the window. (Granted, the big plan was to live out of my car for half the year working at Ren Faires throughout the US).

  1. Get to 215 by my Birthday and 180 by 2014.
  2. Take a true vacation, probably in the fall.
  3. Start a vlog and link it to my blog.
  4. Pamper myself. Do something nice for me at least every other month.
  5. Have a new place to live.

So there you have it! Those are my goals for the year. Most recently, I plan to use a free week trial of a gym to start doing some major walking and then get a Rec Center membership to really get moving. I am continuing with Paleo and will be tracking my food in order to maintain accountability. Yay accountability!

If you’re reading this, what are your Resolutions and how do you plan on achieving them?

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Monday’s Schedule

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Cancer

Cancer is scary. When I hear the “C” word dropped, I only think one thing- Fuck. When it’s a friend or a friend of a friend, I feel helpless. I want to help, but I don’t know how. So I just wait, ready to give a hug or whatever. But when it’s my dad, I am lost.

I woke up on August 8th, a Wednesday, to 2 voicemails from my dad’s nursing home. You see, my dad has Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome because he is an alcoholic. I’m not only his daughter, but his guardian. Well, the nursing said my dad was peeing blood and was sent to St. Vincent Hospital. That night, I signed paperwork to have a cystoscopy done and other tests. I was hoping it was just a kidney stone or something.

Well, the cystoscopy went well on Thursday, but an ultrasound found a mass in his kidney. It was about 4 cm, which I didn’t bother to convert in my head. They were going to do a CAT scan to get a better idea about it. They did the CAT scan the same day, but I had to wait for the results.

Friday, I called for the results and the nurse said I had to wait for the doctor. I didn’t need to wait for the doctor for the scopy or ultrasound results. Why do I have to wait for these? I started panicking and worrying myself into a panic attack. Finally, I had the result. The mass was a tumor and it was 4-5 cm big. It was bigger than the ultra sound had showed. In most cases, the doctor said, the tumor is cancerous and the kidney has to be removed. The lymph node attached to the kidney was also going to be removed and would be biopsied to see if the cancer had mediatized. Surgery was scheduled for Saturday.

Now, my dad cannot remember anything- his short term memory is gone (see Wernicke- Korsakoff Syndrome) so it’s not like I can rationally talk to him about losing his kidney. I can’t rationally talk to him about anything. So it sucks having a conversation with him about this and knowing that as soon as I leave the room, he will forget.

I have to say, my aunts and uncles are great. My dad is the oldest of 9 kids, so I have a big family. My Uncle Ed has been a huge help in getting the information out to the family. If I had to email or call them all, I’d be emotionally exhausted. My Aunt Pat has also really been there. They really help make it easier.

So, Saturday the surgery goes fairly well. He’s recovering and everything is going ok. I was told it takes about 2 weeks for the biopsy results to come back, so I’m still waiting. On Friday, August 17th, dad went back to the nursing home to rest and to continue recuperating after surgery.

I was starting to feel better and worry less, until this morning. While I was getting ready for work, I received a call from the nursing home. My dad had vomited blood. He was rushed to Akron General and diagnosed as a bowel obstruction. So he was sent back to St. Vincent since it is considered an “after surgery complication”.

I am tired and scared. And even though I have a great husband, family, and friends, I feel alone. Because hugs and kind words just don’t reach inside where I’m freaking out. My dad was an alcoholic asshole and a shitty father, and it’s hard to be the guardian to someone like that. I think deep down inside I still am waiting to have a “daddy” and if I lose him, I never will. So, I’m scared of this cancer and everything that it means. I’m fucking scared.

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YAY Squats!

So, I have good news. Knee PT has given me even more weight bearing exercises to do! I still have to do all the boring leg lifts at home, but I am doing body weight exercises now. I can also do squats at home if I wish. I had my re-eval done today. My strength is good (5 out of 5), but my endurance sucks and I need to be able to rock the stairs (which I can’t now). They’re putting in the request for more PT so that can happen.

The PT doc and the student said I needed to work my quads, so I asked them if doing horse stances would be OK. They weren’t familiar with them so I demonstrated and they said YES! Now, I can practice that so I can get it ready for my triumphant return to karate.

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Nerd Fitness Challange Three!

WOO HOO! It is time for another Nerd Fitness Challenge. After going back to the dojo, it set that fire to really get my ass in gear to get back. I can’t go back as a sack of potatoes. So, all my challenges are geared to getting myself closer to the dojo.

Diet/Fitness Goals

I cannot go back weak and with injuries. So, I have to do all PT and OT exercises everyday. The only possible leeway is if I start them and I’m in a butt load of pain- I can stop early.

The other exercise based challenge is to start with 20 wall pushups. I have to do them every day. Every week I have to either add more pushups or go to an incline (or lower level incline). I don’t expect to do military push ups at the end, but I want to be definitely stronger.

Finally, every weekday morning I have to stretch. I also have to do arm stretches after the push ups. I should be much more limber by the end of the challenge.

Level Up Goal-

I am going to need money in order to go back to karate. So, I will save $5 for every pound I lose a week. If I lose 2 pounds in a week, I save $10. This money can go to new clothes (cause I need them!) or karate supplies, like an obi (belt) and gi. I have no clue where my obis are, so I will probably have to buy a new purple obi.

I will save $300 or put $300 towards medical bills. Or any combination thereof. Hey- PT and OT are expensive! Finally, I need tires. I have a bonus coming up. Except for the money for the tires, my husband gets the bonus money to save. I will blow it if I don’t.
But wait Kim, what about Paleo and blogging? Are they gone?

No they aren’t gone. I think that Paleo is pretty ingrained and all I need to do is eat a tiny bit of wheat flour to remember why I do Paleo. As for blogging, I want to make this a more standard Monday, Wednesday, Friday thing. I think I can do this without having a reward attached (besides seeing that people look at my lil blog!).

I will see you all on Friday. Take care!

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